Willis J. Hamilton was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, August 20, 1949. He graduated from Creighton University, B.A., 1971; J.D., 1974. He was admitted to bar, 1974, Iowa; 1977, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1985, Nebraska. Willis is a member of Buena Vista County, Iowa State, Nebraska State and American Bar Associations; Iowa Trial Lawyers Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Iowa Association of Workmen's Compensation Lawyers.
His practice areas are primarily Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation law. Willis Hamilton has been responsible for a number of significant cases.
He argued Ross v. Ross in the Iowa Supreme Court which established that it was not unconstitutional to treat farm employers and employees differently that other employers and employees in the Iowa workers' compensation system.
Willis tried Allen v. Finnman, which resulted in a verdict of $1.8 million in Cherokee County, Iowa.
He has represented a number of firemen and families in a propane explosion which resulted in significant confidential settlements in Buena Vista County, Iowa, in 2001.
Willis Hamilton also represented the Reitz Family in Woodbury County, Iowa in Reitz v. Buchanan where a cash settlement of $8 million was paid in July 2002. This is the largest known settlement in Iowa for a single personal injury case.